Are you using one of the world’s worst passwords?
Your password is the key to your digital kingdom.
Armed with it, people you don’t know can ransack your digital life, steal your money, and land you in no end of trouble. And that’s why you should make very certain you aren’t using any of the following popular and deeply insecure passwords – as they will be the first ones anybody tries to use to hack you.
The SplashData Worst Passwords collection 2019
Now in its ninth year, SplashData’s annual list of Worst Passwords tells us that the word “password” has for the first time in the list’s history been knocked out of the top two spots.
“Invoking the name of the president or any other celebrity as your password is a dangerous decision, one that hackers will exploit and put you at substantial risk of having your identity stolen,” said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData.
These are the worst passwords you can use
These are the top 25 worst and most frequently leaked passwords of 2019. If you or anyone you know uses them, you should change them immediately.
What makes this important to note is that SplashData estimates almost 10% of people have used at least one of the 25 worst passwords on this year’s list, and nearly 3% of people have used the worst password, 123456.
While many computer programs now prevent these passwords from being created in the first place, older applications and some websites still enable people to use dangerously weak passwords.
There really is no excuse to use such weak passcodes. Not only do password managers like 1Password or the Keychain feature built into Apple’s platforms help you remember and create complex combinations, but even if you forget a password getting it back is usually only a few moments of hassle away.